M.S. in Psychology: Curriculum

Divine Mercy University’s unique online M.S. in Psychology curriculum provides concentrations in several topical areas tailored to how you intend to use your new skills. The program can be completed in 16-26 months of full-time study, and includes 11 credit bearing courses for a total of 33 credit hours.

The curriculum is conveyed primarily asynchronous with a synchronous, virtual residency in course one. Asynchronous learning is what is typically thought of with online learning: students can access the information and work on learning activities in any location and at any time. Synchronous learning is when students interact in-real time with other students and faculty through various technologies such as video conferencing and with extended weekend residencies. DMU operates using a Fall, Spring, and Summer semester model, with two 8-week terms in the Fall and Spring semesters, and one 8-week term during the Summer. DMU courses satisfy requirements for 3 semester credits provided for each course with a few exceptions.

Marriage and Family Concentration:

Core:

  • PSY 550 Helping People Flourish: A Catholic-Christian Approach to Psychology
  • PSY 560 Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan
  • PSY 565 Developmental Psychopathology: Risk and Resilience
  • PSY 515 Cognition and Affect Across the Lifespan
  • PHT 508 The Catholic-Christian Vision of Flourishing: Vocations & Virtues
  • PSY 570 Statistical Analysis for Psychology and the Social Sciences
  • PSY 575 Social Psychology, Groups, and Diversity
  • PSY 585 Research Methodology and Design, Evidence-based Practice, and Program Evaluation

Electives: 

  • PSY 520 Marriage and Family Systems Theory
  • PSY 525 Human Sexuality or
  • PHT 533 Flourishing in Relationships
  • PSY 530 Marriage and Family Interventions

Leadership Psychology Concentration

Core:

  • PSY 550 Helping People Flourish: A Catholic-Christian Approach to Psychology
  • PSY 560 Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan
  • PSY 565 Developmental Psychopathology: Risk and Resilience
  • PSY 515 Cognition and Affect Across the Lifespan
  • PHT 508 The Catholic-Christian Vision of Flourishing: Vocations & Virtues
  • PSY 570 Statistical Analysis for Psychology and the Social Sciences
  • PSY 575 Social Psychology, Groups, and Diversity
  • PSY 585 Research Methodology and Design, Evidence-based Practice, and Program Evaluation

Electives:

  • PSY 595 Transformational Leadership
  • PSY 590 Leading People, Programs, and Organizations
  • PSY 615 Applied Leadership Skills

Pre-PhD Concentration

Core:

  • PSY 550 Helping People Flourish: A Catholic-Christian Approach to Psychology
  • PSY 560 Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan
  • PSY 565 Developmental Psychopathology: Risk and Resilience
  • PSY 515 Cognition and Affect Across the Lifespan
  • PHT 508 The Catholic-Christian Vision of Flourishing: Vocations & Virtues
  • PSY 570 Statistical Analysis for Psychology and the Social Sciences
  • PSY 575 Social Psychology, Groups, and Diversity
  • PSY 585 Research Methodology and Design, Evidence-based Practice, and Program Evaluation

Electives:

Choose two electives in addition to PSY 620 or one elective in addition to an independent study and PSY 620

  • PHT 509 Independent Study for Integrative Studies
  • PSY 630 Independent Study for Psychology
  • PSY 620 Research and Writing

Human Services Counseling

Core:

  • PSY 550 Helping People Flourish: A Catholic-Christian Approach to Psychology
  • PSY 560 Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan
  • PSY 565 Developmental Psychopathology: Risk and Resilience
  • PSY 515 Cognition and Affect Across the Lifespan
  • PHT 508 The Catholic-Christian Vision of Flourishing: Vocations & Virtues
  • PSY 570 Statistical Analysis for Psychology and the Social Sciences
  • PSY 575 Social Psychology, Groups, and Diversity
  • PSY 585 Research Methodology and Design, Evidence-based Practice, and Program Evaluation

Electives:

  • PSY 555 Relationship and Intervention Skills Theory and Application
  • PSY 540 Addictions Counseling
  • PSY 545 Group Counseling and Group Work

Self-Design

Core:

  • PSY 550 Helping People Flourish: A Catholic-Christian Approach to Psychology
  • PSY 560 Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan
  • PSY 565 Developmental Psychopathology: Risk and Resilience
  • PSY 515 Cognition and Affect Across the Lifespan
  • PHT 508 The Catholic-Christian Vision of Flourishing: Vocations & Virtues
  • PSY 570 Statistical Analysis for Psychology and the Social Sciences
  • PSY 575 Social Psychology, Groups, and Diversity
  • PSY 585 Research Methodology and Design, Evidence-based Practice, and Program Evaluation

Electives: 

Choose one elective from each group below

Elective 1 (choose one from below):

  • PSY 520 Marriage and Family Systems Theory
  • PSY 615 Applied Leadership Skills
  • PSY 555 Relationship and Intervention Skills Theory and Application

Elective 2 (choose one from below):

  • PSY 525 Human Sexuality
  • PHT 533 Flourishing in Relationships
  • PSY 595 Transformational Leadership
  • PSY 540 Addictions Counseling

Elective 3 (choose one from below):

  • PSY 530 Marriage and Family Interventions
  • PSY 590 Psychology of Organizational Leadership
  • PSY 545 Group Counseling and Group Work